National Wildlife Refuge Association names Geoffrey Haskett as President

Koya leadership partnered with the National Wildlife Refuge Association on its President search.  Our work resulted in the placement of Geoffrey Haskett.

Founded in 1975, the National Wildlife Refuge Association is an independent nonprofit focused exclusively on protecting and promoting the National Wildlife Refuge System – the world’s largest network of lands and waters set aside for wildlife conservation. The Refuge System consists of 850 million acres, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Haskett, who has been Acting-President of the Refuge Association since early 2017, brings extensive experience with the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since starting out with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Oregon, Haskett has devoted his career to the stewardship of public lands. He brings over 38 years’ experience as a leader and manager of national programs, resources, and staff.

He most recently served as Regional Director of the Alaska Region from 2008-2016. During this time, Haskett was appointed by Presidents Obama and Bush as the Polar Bear Commissioner for the U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission, a landmark wildlife management cooperative between governmental and Native representatives of the U.S. and Russia.

He also served as head of delegation for the U.S. at the last four Range States Meetings for polar bears in Tromso, Norway, Ikaluit, Canada, Moscow, Russia, and Ilulissat, Greenland.

“Geoff Haskett’s extensive knowledge of the Refuge System coupled with his strong leadership and ability to build support for national wildlife refuges will serve both the organization and the Refuge System well,” said Rebecca R. Rubin, Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association Board of Directors. “Our new President is deeply knowledgeable about the Refuge System, he is committed to our mission, and he has the right skills to advance it.”

Koya was honored to partner with the National Wildlife Refuge Association on this successful search.

Read the full press release: Geoffrey Haskett Named President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association.